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Symposium - Reframing the Archive: The Reuse of Film and Photographic Images in Postcolonial Southeast Asia

Posted on Monday, 15th May 2017

Registration is open for this 1-day symposium with international speakers to be held at SOAS University on the 23rd June 2017. Accompanied by two film screenings and Q&A with director Davy Chou.

In recent years, the decision to engage with colonial and postcolonial archives has become increasingly commonplace within Southeast Asian film, photography and visual culture. Whilst this renewed interest in archival materials has resulted in an increased awareness of the complexities of lens-based media, it has also allowed practitioners to challenge both the dominant narratives of colonialism and their neo- and postcolonial legacies.

Taking its lead from these recent developments, this symposium will explore the ways in which colonial and postcolonial film and photographic archives have been rearticulated within a range of Southeast Asian political and aesthetic contexts. How have artists and filmmakers sought to subvert existing power relations through the use of colonial images? To what extent have archival materials and technologies allowed for an investigation into the emancipatory potential of the lens? How have these techniques been utilised by diasporic populations?

The symposium will be accompanied by two public screenings of films by Southeast Asian filmmakers. Entrance to the film screenings are included in the symposium ticket price. It is also possible to purchase a ticket for both films without entry to the symposium.

Thursday 22 June: 
6.30pm Golden Slumbers, dir. by Davy Chou (2011)
Followed by a Q&A with the director and a wine reception

Friday 23rd June:
9am – 6pm Symposium
6.30pm By the Time it Gets Dark, dir. by Anocha Suwichakornpong (2016)Khalili Lecture Theatre

£12 symposium and film screenings (includes tea/coffee and lunch) / £7 film screenings only

The conference and screening programme are organised by Joanna Wolfarth, Fiona Allen and Annie Jael Kwan. It is generously funded by SOAS Faculty of Arts and Humanities this event.

Full programme of speakers and abstracts can be found here.

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